Volunteer for Knox would like to wish all our registered organisations and their volunteers a very happy and safe Christmas holiday break.

Volunteer for Knox would like to wish all our registered organisations and their volunteers a very happy and safe Christmas holiday break.

The Volunteer for Knox Office will be close on December 19 2019 and reopen on January 6 2020.

In 2020 Volunteer for Knox will be running a number of workshops for volunteers and our registered organisations. They will include grant writing, Volunteer Retention and Recruitment, Mental Health training and cultural awareness. Stay tuned for our training calendar coming in 2020.

Our new co-ordinator Leanne Conway has hit the ground running and has many skills to offer our Volunteer Support Service.

Leanne has worked in the Community Sector for fifteen years in a variety of roles, her last coordinating the volunteer program at Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Victoria. Leanne understands the benefits of volunteering to both individuals and the wider community and is a volunteer herself.  She has just completed her Bachelor of Social Work and is keen to utilise her skills and knowledge to help others.

We had a wonderful time celebrating International Volunteer Day on December 5 and presenting acknowledgement certificates and gifts to our incredible volunteer community.

Volunteer for Knox staff are now members of the Volunteer Victoria Support Network which is facilitated through Volunteer Victoria and we attended our first meeting on November with Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Carbines in attendance. It is a great way for us to stay in touch with current volunteering trends around Victoria and nationally.

We have updated our volunteer and organisation registration forms and made changes to our website. Shortly potential volunteers and organisations will be able to fill out our registration forms online to make their volunteer experience smoother.

We also plan to embrace the diversity of volunteers in our Knox community. Our largest demographic of volunteers were born in China. We have been working with a Chinese-born volunteer who has translated our Volunteer for Knox information brochure into Mandarin.

Volunteer Training – pre-accredited courses

Our governance team the Knox Learning Alliance comprising the five Community Houses in Knox: Coonara Community House, Mountain District Learning Centre, The Basin Community House, Orana Neighbourhood House and Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre are able to offer administration courses, computer courses, business and wellbeing sessions for new and existing volunteers and also your staff. We can help tailor courses just for you.

Volunteer Award Recognition

Recognition is an important component of volunteer retention and Volunteer for Knox loves to get out and about recognising our registered volunteers.

We invite nominations for long or significant service awards. The awards are given to those nominated for their amazing service to not for profit organisations that are registered with V4K. Awards are given to individuals with a recognition certificate, a thank you letter with details provided from their nominees on the service they have given, a V4K thank you travelling cup, a V4K pen and a gift voucher. V4K encourages nominations all year around and V4K staff will visit with the awards and gifts and present to the individual at their workplace.

When volunteers feel appreciated and valued, they are more likely to feel connected to the program and continue their involvement. Please nominate someone who you feel deserves that recognition by contacting the Volunteer for Knox Office.

Westfield Knox Community Space

The Knox Community Chess club, a volunteer based group that teaches chess to anyone that wants to learn, every Thursday at the Westfield Knox Community Space was recognized for their positive work in the community with a front page story in the Knox leader newspaper. Well done to the founder Eddie Atacador!

The Community Space at Westfield Knox, opposite the Fresh Food market and between IContact eyewear and Liquorland, is managed by Volunteer for Knox to promote non-for profit services in Knox. We have regular knitting and crafting sessions by community houses, our Knox Community Chess Enthusiasts every Thursday, a community playgroup, free activities for seniors every Friday run by the Australian Filipino Community and so much more.  If you want to book the space, please contact Sally Dusting-Laird at

Volunteer Induction Sessions

Our next Volunteer Induction session is on:

Tuesday 4 February at 1.00pm
at The Basin Community House
21 Liverpool Road, The Basin, 3154
Tuesday 4 February at 7.00pm
at Coonara Community House
22 Willow Road, Upper Ferntree Gully

If you know someone that wants to register please tell them to email us at
You can search for new positions on our website.

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Thank you for registering with Volunteer for Knox. 
Volunteer for Knox Co-ordinators Sally Dusting-Laird & Leanne Conway
M: 0429968822

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